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Les fourchettes à extrémité tréflée en alliage cuivreux datées entre la 2e moitié du XVIe et la 1ère moitié du XVIIIe siècle : témoins des échanges transatlantiques

Abstract : The discovery of several copper alloy forks with twisted bodies and trefoil ends in different sites of the West Indies and North America have made it possible to date these table utensils between the late 17th and the 1st half of the 18th century. This type of ornate and worked production is also found in metropolitan France on several sites of the post-medieval period. Alongside these archaeological objects, other similar forks are present in museum collections such as the Musée National de la Renaissance in Ecouen or the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris where these utensils are dated between the end of the 15th and the 16th century. Despite the presence of numerous specimens discovered in France, the presence of a fork found in the Thames and another in the British shipwreck of the Elizabeth and Mary who sank in 1690 raises a doubt about the origin of these utensils but their absence from archaeological contexts German or Dutch allows to suppose a French or British production.
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Jean Soulat, Alexandre Coulaud, Jean-Paul Nibodeau, Fabrice Casagrande. Les fourchettes à extrémité tréflée en alliage cuivreux datées entre la 2e moitié du XVIe et la 1ère moitié du XVIIIe siècle : témoins des échanges transatlantiques. Cahiers LandArc, LandArc (Fleurance, Gers), 2019, 34, 8 p. ⟨hal-02860003⟩

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